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Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Celebration Comes to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia


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Monterey Jazz Festival, world-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, continues this commitment in 2013 with its third North American Tour, featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists.

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration features vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and musical director Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. They will appear at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in the Merriam Theater on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.

The group will make stops in 40 cities in 23 states across the United States, Canada, and Washington D.C. through April 28. Each of the shows will feature an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members.

Tickets for the show at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 8:00 are now available online at kimmelcenter.org or by calling the box office at (215) 893-1999. Tickets are $28-$60.

Highlights of the nine-week tour will include a six-night run at the Blue Note in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; the Epcor Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; the Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago; and Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Information about tour dates and times are available on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Web site.

Members of the 55th Anniversary on Tour Band have deep relationships with Monterey Jazz Festival, and have a commitment to the cultivation of jazz audiences worldwide. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater made her first appearance at the Monterey Jazz in Festival in 1973 with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra; bassist Christian McBride has appeared at the Festival eight times since 1994, including acting as the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2008; pianist Benny Green made the first of his eight performances at the Festival (as a 15-year-old in 1978) as the pianist in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; drummer Lewis Nash has appeared at the Festival twice since 2001; saxophonist Chris Potter made the first of his eight Festival appearances in 1997 and was a featured member of Dave Holland’s “Monterey Quartet,” which performed and recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 50th Anniversary in 2007; and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, a two-time member of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, has made four appearances at the Festival since the 1990s, including acting as Artist-In-Residence in 2012.

“Our 55th Anniversary Celebration is shaping up to be our best tour yet,” said Tim Jackson, artistic director of Monterey Jazz Festival. “The band’s debut at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival was an overwhelming success and the chemistry between the artists is amazing. The music swings with ferocity and fun!”

Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star groups have embarked on three North American tours in the last five years. The Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars, featuring Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Benny Green, Nnenna Freelon, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott, toured for 10 weeks across the United States, performing for 44,000 fans in 52 cities in 22 states in 2008.

In 2010, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour group played for more than 26,000 fans on a six-week, 34-date tour through 17 states, and featured NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano; violinist Regina Carter; guitarist Russell Malone; vocalist Kurt Elling; bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa; and drummer Johnathan Blake.

The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival partners include Alaska Airlines, Amoeba Music, Big Sur Land Trust, Carmel Road Winery, DownBeat, Gallien-Krueger, Inns of Monterey, The Jazz Cruise, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Jelly Belly, KGO 810, KUSP 88.9, Monterey Peninsula College, North Coast Brewing Company, Remo, San Jose Mercury News, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, StreamGuys, Yamaha Instruments, and Casa Vinicola Zonin.

Monterey Jazz Festival also receives support for its Jazz Education Programs from AT&T Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Community Foundation of Monterey County, D’Addario Music Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Quest Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, Upjohn California Fund, Union Bank Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Robert & Audrey Talbott Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and generous individual contributors.

This story appears courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival.
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